Yada Yada- Native Slang for Too Much Talking

Today you’ll learn 6 slang phrases for ‘talking too much’, and get a recommendation for a quotable American sitcom.

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Words for ‘talking too much’

Nag- (verb and noun) persistently complain and/or demand

This is usually used when husbands talk about their wives ‘nagging’ them. Also, it describes an old horse.

Harp on- talk about one thing persistently

For example, “My mom always harped on the importance of manners.”

Yammer- talk a lot, sometimes loudly

Go on (and on)- talk for a long time about something

Yada yada yada / blah blah blah- slang for ‘and so on’; used as filler for words in a story for information we don’t want to say because it is uninteresting, useless or not important

For example, “The guy at the restaurant was like, ‘Blah blah blah, our food is the best, blah blah blah.’”

Comment on this video! Is there someone nagging you about something right now? Do you know someone who yammers on about stuff?

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Pop Culture R&R

Seinfeld was a groundbreaking American sitcom on air from 1989 to 1998. I briefly mentioned it in the video about Vivacious Vocabulary for Stand Up Comedy.

There are tons of classic episodes that many native speakers have seen over and over, and still reference in conversation today. One such episode is called The Yada Yada, season 8, episode 19.

George has a new girlfriend who says yada yada yada a lot, and it seems like she’s leaving out very important information, like when she says that her ex-boyfriend visited her the night before and, “yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.”

Here are two clips from this episode: